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Kings Community Church (KCC), near Southampton, has been working with elderly people in its community for a number of years, and has seen some amazing results. Once a week, they run HALO (Have a Lunch Out). They currently have 115 members, with around 70 also attending the weekly Sunday afternoon gospel service with an afternoon tea.
As needs grew, they started a group for dementia sufferers, with themed days, handcrafts, games, singing and outings (as well as lunch). Their programme includes a simple gospel message and hymn singing. In addition, they offer individual prayer.
To encourage more men to get involved, KCC ran a men’s day trip to a submarine museum, and then started a men’s group called ‘The Shed’. ‘The Shed’ offers alternate weeks of outings and a drop-in coffee time. They regularly invite Christian speakers to give testimony as part of these events. They also run a Holiday at Home every August, providing three days of activity during a month, when almost all community activities stop for older people.
Since starting this outreach to the elderly, KCC have seen 60 people attend their Alpha course. They have five cell groups running (including two in a local sheltered housing complex) and take services once a month in two nursing homes. Several members have been baptised, the eldest being 85!
They have seen many put their faith in Jesus. Having taken a number of funerals, they have also been able to speak to the families of elderly people about Jesus. They said:
“Over the years God has done exceedingly, abundantly more then we could ever ask or think. We’ve seen that old age, poor sight, hearing, memory or mental ability are no barrier to the power of the gospel to save. One of our over 90 year olds had been widowed and was quite lonely. She had been visited regularly but seemed indifferent to the gospel. The breakthrough happened when one of the team went the extra mile with her, by taking her to a hospital appointment and she began asking questions, reading Christian books and started coming to a cell group. Loreen became a Christian, through her contact with the team member and began regularly attending church.”
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